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The Adventures of Pinocchio (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Carlo Collodi Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century. From the moment Joseph the carpenter carves a puppet that...


The Valley of Fear (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

In this tale drawn from the note books of Dr Watson, the deadly hand of Professor Moriarty once more reaches out to commit a vile and ingenious crime. However, a mole in Moriarty's frightening criminal organization...


Siddhartha  (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Hermann Hesse Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Siddhartha (first published in 1922) is a novel based on the early life of Buddha,inspired by the author's visit to India before the First World War. The novel is about the young Brahmin Siddhartha's search...


The Hound of Baskerville (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination to this day. Could the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville have been...


The Lost World (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Spurred on by the woman he loves, young journalist Edward Malone eagerly joins forces with irascible Professor Challenger on an expedition to South America. They are accompanied by Professor Summerlee, keen...


The Odyssey (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Homer Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Homer's epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has inspired writers from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseus survives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops and the isle...


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jules Verne Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with...


A Journey into the Interior of the Earth (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jules Verne Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

The story begins in May 1863, in the Lidenbrock house in Hamburg, Germany, with Professor Lidenbrock rushing home to peruse his latest purchase, an original runic manuscript of an Icelandic saga written by Snorri...


Heidi (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Johanna Spyri Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

The story of Heidi was written over one hundred years ago, however, it is far from a period piece. In the Swiss Alps, where it is set, a hundred years is just the blink of an eye. We see in her the daughter...


The Prisoner of Zenda (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Anthony Hope Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Rudolph Rassendyll's life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania whilst travelling through the town of Zenda.


Pygmalion (World Classics, Unabridged)

by George Bernard Shaw Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle—'an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers'—for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the...


Gulliver's Travels (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jonathan Swift Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

Gulliver's Travels describes the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon. In Lilliput he discovers a world in miniature; towering over the people and their city, he is able to view their society from...


The Iliad (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Homer Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

The story of the Iliad centers on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to Achilles's killing of Hektor and determine the fate of Troy. But Homer's theme is not simply war or heroism....


Pride and Prejudice (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jane Austen Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy,...


The Time Machine (World Classics, Unabridged)

by H G Wells Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an...


Dracula (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Bram Stoker Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

Jonathon Harker travels to Transylvania in Eastern Europe to do business with a mysterious man, Count Dracula. On his way to the count's castle he is warned by many, even provided with crucifixes, and almost...


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Mark Twain Alpha Editions (September 01, 2016)

Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken, abusive 'Pap'...


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Lewis Carroll Alpha Editions (August 01, 2016)

Nothing's more magical than going down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass with Alice. There, in worlds unlike any other ever created, conventional logic is turned upside down and wrong-way round to...


The Mystery Ship (World Classics, Unabridged)

Peter Pan (World Classics, Unabridged)

by J M Barrie Alpha Editions (August 01, 2016)

In the century since its debut in London, Peter Pan has come to be regarded as the most classic piece of children's literature of all time. It is the story of the three Darling children's encounter with an ageless...


Great Expectations (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Charles Dickens Alpha Editions (August 01, 2016)

It was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me’ A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the...


The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Robert Louis Stevenson Alpha Editions (July 01, 2016)

Everyone has a dark side. Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his deepest cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming...


Wuthering Heights (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Emily Brontë Alpha Editions (July 01, 2016)

Wuthering Heights tells the story of a romance between two youngsters: Catherine Earnshaw and an orphan boy, Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge...


Sense and Sensibility (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jane Austen Alpha Editions (July 01, 2016)

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open...


Ulysses (World Classics, Unabridged)

by James Joyce Alpha Editions (June 01, 2016)

Written between 1914 and 1921, Ulysses has survived bowdlerization, legal action and bitter controversy. Capturing a single day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom, his friends Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus,...


A Tale of Two Cities (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Charles Dickens Alpha Editions (June 01, 2016)

A Tale of Two Cities portrays a world on fire, split between Paris and London during the brutal and bloody events of the French Revolution. After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging...


Oliver Twist (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Charles Dickens Alpha Editions (June 01, 2016)

The story of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath - shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver...


Uncle Tom's Cabin (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Harriet Beecher Stowe Alpha Editions (July 01, 2016)

Published in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel was a powerful indictment of slavery in America. Describing the many trials and eventual escape to freedom of the long-suffering, good-hearted slave Uncle Tom,...


Emma (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jane Austen Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Emma Woodhouse, an intelligent young woman, believes she can manage other people's lives better than she does her own. In an attempt at matchmaking, she interferes in the affairs of her young protégée, Harriet...


Anna Karenina (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Leo Tolstoy Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent...


David Copperfield (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Charles Dickens Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

David Copperfield is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast...


The Jungle Book (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Rudyard Kipling Alpha Editions (July 01, 2016)

The story of Mowgli, the abandoned “man-cub” who is brought up by wolves in the jungles of Central India, is one of the greatest literary myths ever created. As he embarks on a series of thrilling escapades,...


Jane Eyre (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Charlotte Brontë Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

In this novel, Charlotte Bronte invented a romantic tale of passion and thrill and created one of the most unforgettable heroines of all the times. When her first novel, The Professor, was rejected for publication,...


Around the World in Eighty Days (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jules Verne Alpha Editions (June 01, 2016)

One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover...


The Mysterious Island (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Jules Verne Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

The Mysterious Island follows the adventures of a group of castaways who use their survivalist savvy to build a functional community on an uncharted island. A hot-air balloon carrying five passengers and a dog...


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Mark Twain Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

This is a story of a bright young lad who was clever enough to outwit all his friends. This lovable, mischievous bundle of a boy daydreams, schemes, plots and weaves a world of fantasy around himself. Read further...


Don Quixote (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Alpha Editions (October 01, 2016)

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the...


Moby Dick (World Classics, Unabridged)

by Herman Melville Alpha Editions (June 01, 2016)

A sailor called Ishmael narrates the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the white whale Moby Dick, which on a previous voyage destroyed his ship and severed his leg at the...


The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chris Bush & Matt Winkworth Nick Hern Books (May 04, 2018)

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe...


Gut (NHB Modern Plays)

by Frances Poet Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in...


Mayfly (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joe White Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Ben thinks his family might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: ‘Today a very special person will appear from out the blue.’

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s...


The Writer (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (April 26, 2018)

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.

Ella Hickson's new play,...


Nine Night (NHB Modern Plays)

by Natasha Gordon Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Family, food, music and mourning.

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death...


Plastic (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kenneth Emson Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

Kev used to be captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex Schools Cup Final. He used to have a girlfriend called Lisa; she wore a fitted blazer, and lit up the playground.

Ben used...


Secret Life of Humans (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Byrne Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

In 1949, scientist and mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a hidden, locked room in his house.

Fifty years later, his grandson discovers the secrets contained in the room, unearthing echoes from across...


Oral Literature in Africa

by Ruth Finnegan Open Book Publishers (January 30, 2018)

Ruth Finnegan's Oral Literature in Africa was first published in 1970, and since then has been widely praised as one of the most important books in its field. Based on years of fieldwork, the study traces the...


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it...


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Originally published serially as a three-part story, Heart of Darkness is a short but thematically complex novel exploring colonialism, humanity, and what constitutes a savage society. Set in the Congo in Central...


The Mikvah Project (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

A playful and poignant play about two men who meet every Friday in a north-west London Mikvah, a traditional Jewish pool used for ritual cleansing.

Avi is married but childless. Eitan’s voice is breaking and...


Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts was first published in 1881 and staged in 1882, and like his earlier play A Doll's House, profoundly shocked his contemporaries. Dubbed "a dirty deed done in public" by one of its critics,...